Pest MD DIY Pest Control Tips and Strategies

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Roaches in your kitchen? Ants on your porch? Fleas indoor and in your yard? If you’re on a tight budget or you love the challenge of learning and just like to do things yourself, maybe you’d like to learn to do your own pest control. Pest MD is not full of old fashion remedies and things passed down by legend whether fact or fiction. Pest MD was founded by myself and a small group of professional pest control operators passing on real knowledge about common pest problems. Pest MD is for teaching you how to select and use the same professional pest control products professional exterminators use and by following some simple directions and the products instructions and labels you can get professional results eliminating or controlling almost any household pest.

Pest MD DIY Pest Control Tips and Strategies

Mike Dukes is Pest M.D.
Mike Dukes is Pest M.D.

At Pest MD we offer to help you getting started doing DIY pest control.  Some of us can’t afford to hire a pest control company on a regular basis or we’d rather use that money for something else. The good news is, you can save up to 70% over hiring a professional when you DIY Home Pest Control.

According to the National Pesticide Information Center, “Before selecting a product or rushing into a decision on how to solve your pest problem, there are important things to consider:

  1. Make sure the pest is properly identified. Your efforts won’t do any good if they are not tailored to your pest. Even different types of ants eat different foods and require different control measures.
  2. If you use a pesticide, be sure to read and follow the product label. The majority of misapplications reported to NPIC are performed by homeowners or renters, not pest control operators.
  3. Do not mix up your own “recipe” from other pesticides or household products. Products available in the store have been evaluated for risks to people, pets, the environment, and their effectiveness in accomplishing the job.

Top Ten PestsAs with any other project, you’ll need to purchase the supplies you need to get started. Get started doing your own pest control in many scenarios for $125 a year or less. Compare the cost.  At $35 per month to hire a professional, that’s $420.00 per year, and lots of pest control companies don’t even cover all common household pest for that price.

For example; Even if you have a pest control contract, a flea treatment is usually an extra charge and can run somewhere between $75 and $150 just for an inside treatment, You can treat 2,000 SQ. ft. for as little as $25 or less, then double or triple that for the outside treatment, depending on the size of your yard. Then it’s off to the vet to have your pet treated. Hiring a professional could cost you lots of money for a year’s contract. You can do the inside/outside treatment for less than a hundred using Tengard SFR in combination with Archer IGR, and have enough left over for follow ups and more treatments, depending on law large your yard is. DIY Pest Control can save you hundreds of dollars that you can put to use elsewhere.

  1. You’ll need a sprayer capable of spraying pesticides, using Viton seals.
    Home Pro Sprayer
    Chemical sprayer, capable of spraying pesticides.

    If you have a good one that is a plus. Why do I need a good pesticide  sprayer? If you are new to DIY Pest control, I suggest you start with this Home Pro Plus sprayer. If you decide you don’t want to continue, you haven’t spent much but if you enjoy doing DIY this sprayer will do the job for a few years if you keep it clean and store it properly. Rebuild parts are available for this sprayer, and a ten dollar parts pack gets you everything you need to rebuild this sprayer and keep it in optimum working condition for several years.

  2. Choose a pest or topic in the menu up top and read on if your interest is perked. You can learn to DIY Pest Control, right now.


Editors note

  • FACT: You can use the same strength pest control products professional pest Control and Termite and Wildlife Companies use! Some states do not allow homeowners to use certain products. When you purchase your products online you’ll be notified whether or not a product can be sold in your state. Only a few states restrict homeowner usage. Complete instructions come with each product as Usage directions, or complete product labels and MSDS sheets available. Read about each product and product family. All the big name are here DUPONT, FMC, Bayer Chemical (aspirin folks, that’s right)
  • FACT: You don’t have to know everything about pest control. You only have to learn to service your own home or business.
  • FACT: Instead of using a hardware store or big box store “over the counter reduced active ingredient % products”, you can use the same professional strength products the pros use. Browse this site and see how easy DIY Pest Control can be. Look for seasonal pest bulletins in our Seasonal Pest Updates Calendar to see what pest problems to expect as the seasons’ change.
  • Fact: Be Prepared! If ants have been a problem in the past years, maybe you should get ready, purchase a few professional ant products and be ready.

Pest MD DIY Pest Control Tips and Strategies

Editors note

Important note from, Pest MD DIY Pest Control Tips and Strategies:

The use of some products may not be legal in your state or country. Please check with your local county agent or regulatory official before using any pesticide mentioned in this publication.

Pest MD – Will help you find the nearest Cooperative Extension office. The Cooperative Extension System is a nationwide, non-credit educational network. Each U.S. state and territory have a state office at its land-grant university and a network of local or regional offices. These offices are staffed by one or more experts who provide useful, practical, and research-based information to agricultural producers, small business owners, youth, consumers, and others in rural areas and communities of all sizes.  Ask about the chemical product you would like to use to see if there any restrictions.

Cooperative Extension System Offices Click to find your nearest extension office. They are very helpful in pest identification and can answer many questions. Good luck and welcome aboard.

Mike Dukes, editor-in-chief, Pest MD DIY Pest Control Tips and Strategies

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